He achieved his goal. Shortly after the ambush, Google AdSense suspended my account. For good. Only one political opinion is acceptable in the American mainstream today. Simon Ostrovsky is one of the most ruthless enforcers of this groupthink.
“Meet the new fake news hitman at CNN,” by Joseph Farah, WND, July 27, 2017:
I told you last Wednesday about the coming attack by CNN on the pioneer independent news agency WND – and, by extension, all alternative news sources.
It’s coming from CNN’s new star digital reporter – Simon Ostrovsky, a former Soviet veteran of Al Jazeera – who, in May, ambushed crusading anti-Shariah activist Pamela Geller, a courageous journalist and columnist for WND with a track record of braving death threats, violent attacks by jihadi terrorists and the lawless tactics of the Muslim Brotherhood.
“Ostrovsky asked me to bring my laptop to CNN’s studios so that I could show him my Google AdSense account and Google Analytics, to show the precipitous drop in referrals from Facebook, Google AdSense, YouTube and related sources,” Geller recounted in a recent WND column. “I did. Ostrovsky saw that revenue from Facebook was down from $150 a day at this time six months ago to $30 a day now. But Ostrovsky had lied in his emails to me. He wasn’t really interested in how Facebook and the rest were censoring me at all. He had a thick stack of copies of posts that were 10 years old and older from my website. He was calling out my advertisers, claiming that I was inciting to war crimes and that these advertisers were supporting my incitement by placing ads on my website. ‘Advertisers should know what they’re supporting,’ he said. He pointed to a 2006 headline in which I had called for bombing Gaza, because of the rockets they were firing at Israeli civilian installations. This was the basis for his claim that I was inciting war crimes.”
You should read Geller entire column to understand what his game is – and CNN’s as well.
Ostrovsky began his work at CNN in February. His first attack on the independent media came in May. Sounds like this former Al Jazeera hack, working for the premier fake news outlet in the world today, CNN, has a beat.
As I told you last week, Ostrovsky is out to make a name for himself by going after the competition – not just WND, but the free media generally, the non-drivebys, the non-state-controlled press that doesn’t follow the strictures of the Soviet-born activist’s youth nor the guys in the boardroom of CNN. Watch for it. It’s coming.
“There’s an imminent attack being prepared in the God-forsaken fake newsrooms of CNN Investigations,” I wrote a week ago. “I thought I’d alert you to this and prepare you for what I believe will be an all-out campaign by the network to discourage advertisers from working with independent news operations such as WND.com. Breitbart.com, DailyCaller.com and others.”
Keep in mind the pretense for getting Pam Geller in the studio. Here’s what Ostrovsky wanted to talk to me about:
- “The story is looking at the issue of advertising on controversial, non-mainstream-websites.” Get the picture? CNN is “mainstream.” WND and other independent news and media operations are not. Right there that should tell you everything you need to know about the focus of this coming hit piece. CNN is in freefall. Its response is to attack the competition by telling its viewers not to look at sites like this one, but only at self-described “mainstream” media. Its response is to persuade advertisers not to associate with such “non-mainstream” and “controversial” media outlets. “Controversial?” How would you describe CNN? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black …
- He wants to know if I would talk to him about how much ad revenue Google and other ad networks provide to WND. Why would he want to know that? I’ll let you figure that out.
- He also asks if three specific “controversial” commentators whose work has been published by WND are paid contributors. This is called, in my business (which happens to be the real news business for the last 40 years), the search for selective facts to buttress a pre-conceived narrative. I note that none of the questions about payment are related to commentators who would be considered “mainstream” by CNN – Democratic activists, “progressive” voices and well-known, familiar voices of common discourse and debate in America today. That betrays the motives and intentions of CNN with this upcoming smear: to paint the darkest, most sinister picture of media companies like WND. This is about systematic misrepresentation. It’s about stringing together convenient “facts” with a pack of lies and carefully calculated and highly produced distortion to mischaracterize what others do.
Does this guy think I was born yesterday?…